What Happens In Las Vegas, Happens Everywhere!

Written by Robert LaGrone

What Happens In Las Vegas, Happens Everywhere!

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Gambling, drinking, and lust:repparttar Las Vegas Philharmonic ended its 2004-2005 season with musical works reflecting our city’s three core values..

Onrepparttar 139216 Town is a 1944 Broadway musical (and later a movie) whose songs were written by legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein. The Philharmonic opened with three dance tunes from this story of three sailors looking for action while on liberty in New York. Lively, jazzy, and stylish,repparttar 139217 songs perfectly embodyrepparttar 139218 vibrant energy ofrepparttar 139219 great city. Onrepparttar 139220 other hand,repparttar 139221 plot sounds like most bachelor parties right here in Vegas.

Poker, anyone? In 1936 Igor Stravinsky wrote Jeu de Cartes (“the card game”). In this beautifully orchestrated “ballet in three deals,”repparttar 139222 queens do a flirtatious dance andrepparttar 139223 pompous joker makes recurring mischief before being ultimately defeated by a royal flush. As in Samuel Barber’s tone poem about Prometheus,repparttar 139224 music describes a scene and action, but while Stravinsky’s music makes for great listening, I often couldn’t tellrepparttar 139225 queen fromrepparttar 139226 joker. Remind me to stay out ofrepparttar 139227 casinos around here.

Bejeezus: n. 1. a spirit of calm and safety existing within most humans and just waiting to be scared out.

If you’ve heardrepparttar 139228 first part of Carmina Burana on classical radio stations or in movie soundtracks, you’ve probably also heard it replayed in your worst nightmares. “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi,” isrepparttar 139229 apocalyptic opening that cries out, “Monstrous fate . . . you plot against me by trickery, so that my naked back is exposed to your lashes.” Imagine those words belted out in Latin by a chorus of almost one hundred people fromrepparttar 139230 Las Vegas Master Singers and Las Vegas Philharmonic Chorus, backed byrepparttar 139231 orchestra with five booming tympani drums. When “Fortuna” ended, I was still too riveted to snicker atrepparttar 139232 audience member who brokerepparttar 139233 inter-movement silence by exclaiming, “Wow!”

It may not surprise you to learn thatrepparttar 139234 lyrics of Carl Orff’s 1936 masterwork are taken from poems written in a Bavarian monastery inrepparttar 139235 Middle Ages. (The title means “Songs ofrepparttar 139236 Benediktbeuren.”) The twist is thatrepparttar 139237 poems — written mostly in Latin, with bits of Old German and Old French — are satirical and quite pagan, and they deal mostly with themes of gambling, drinking, and springtime lust. Some dreams arerepparttar 139238 same all over.

Baroness Elisa and Synergy to Perform in Bergen Monday May 23rd

Written by Daniel J. Rowe

Baroness Elisa (www.baronesselisa.com) is performing with “Synergy” onrepparttar luxury Fred Olsen cruise liner Braemer in Bergen, Norway on Monday, May 23rd. "Elegant, but not stuffy" best describesrepparttar 139178 atmosphere on board Braemar which came into service in 2001. At 19,089 tons and with 376 well-appointed cabins and suites, Braemar upholdsrepparttar 139179 Fred Olsen tradition of small-ship intimacy without compromising on personal space.

On board,repparttar 139180 Baroness’ performance is small and intimate before returning torepparttar 139181 United States for a charitable event in South Florida later this summer. Baroness Elisa definesrepparttar 139182 best in cabaret theater and South Florida audiences are invited supportrepparttar 139183 leading Gay and Lesbian organization, Compass,in a spectacular charity fundraiser in Delray Beach on Sunday, August 7th. Compass, Inc. (www.compassglcc.com), isrepparttar 139184 Palm Beach County gay and lesbian community center dedicated to promoting pride, diversity, and public awareness of, for, and by Palm Beach County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents and visitors. Compass provides social services and support for gay youth and gay families. Compass also offers a clean, safe meeting space for a variety of national, state, and local organizations as well as social, service, support and athletic groups that meetrepparttar 139185 diverse interests ofrepparttar 139186 county’s LGBT people. Compass isrepparttar 139187 largest LGBT community center inrepparttar 139188 Southeast United States and isrepparttar 139189 seventh largest inrepparttar 139190 nation in budget size, staff size and diversity of funded programs.

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